Defendant admitted crime, prosecutors say
Shortly after his arrest, a Missouri man accused of killing his son admitted his guilt to police, prosecutors said. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, his attorney will ask the court to suppress that statement.
Raymond Boothe, Cameron, Mo., is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 27, 2002, stabbing death of his 11-year-old son, Levi. According to police, Boothe allegedly stabbed his son with needle nose pliers and left the boy on the side of Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County.
His jury trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 15.
Prosecutors said Boothe's attorney, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth, is seeking to suppress statements his client made to police following his arrest.
Fuller contends his client is not mentally fit to stand trial, a claim disputed by the state. After his arrest, Boothe underwent a 60-day psychiatric evaluation at the Larned State Hospital, where officials found him competent for trial.
Boothe also underwent an independent psychiatric examination, the results of which Fuller has yet to introduce to the court.
In a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Fuller will ask the court to push back the trial date of Dec. 15 so the physician who examined Boothe will be available to testify. The doctor will not be available for the week of the trial, prosecutors said.
Frank Kohl, Leavenworth County district attorney, is prosecuting the case for the state.